Smoking Artifacts as Indicators of Homophily Attraction and Credibility: A Replication

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  • Nonverbal researchers have determined that artifactual communication (clothing and accessories) has an impact on one's presentation of self As part of uncertainty reduction in initial stranger-to-stranger interactions individuals attempt to determine the extent to which another is homophilous (perceived as similar) with them. When homophily is determined other interpersonal evaluations of impression are undertaken including credibility and interpersonal attraction. This study replicated a 1979 study which found that smoking artifacts (cigar cigarette pipe and non-smoking) were part of such impression formation. The present study found that even moreso than in 1979 smokers are perceived as different less credible and less interpersonally attractive. The 1979 study indicated high evaluations for non-smokers and pipe smokers. The present study found that pipe smokers no longer receive such high evaluations. © 1994, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
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  • Amsbary JH; Hickson M
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  • 161
  • End Page

  • 167
  • Volume

  • 11
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  • 2